Is Sadhana the Answer?
Will Sadhana or spiritual practices help unravel the mysteries of life? Will you find answers to life’s burning questions? See what Sadhguru has to say about the impact of kriyas, meditation, and other yogic practices in the search of truth.
Questioner: Namaskaram, Sadhguru. Sadhguru, like I have hundreds of questions.
Questioner: But I will just ask one. I would like to know, the practices you offer like Hatha Yoga, Shambhavi and Shakti Chalana, and the process of Samyama – if one follows this intensely with involvement, will all of my questions get answered?
Sadhguru: No, none of your questions will be answered. I am only answering questions to the larger public who don’t do any practice. Those who are practicing every day, intensely, am I taking any of their questions or answering any questions? No, I don’t. Because the idea of doing Sadhana is all the questions will burn, not that you will find answers. If your questions are gone, what do answers mean? People who don’t do anything about their internal wellbeing but think by asking a question and hearing an answer, their life is going to be settled, we are still entertaining them. Okay. At some point, I will stop the entertainment totally. Right now, it’s still on.
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At some point, it will be only available to those who are intensely doing their Sadhana. For the rest, they must listen to the YouTube. Because you know, old cinema is always entertaining. Because you need to understand this – questions are coming from a place which can never know. That place from which you’re asking questions, is not capable of knowing anything. It wants a conclusion.
I am not the sort to give you a conclusion – I am a process. If you are willing to be a process of growth, I am there for you. You want a conclusion, I will frustrate you. Because what is the point of a conclusion? This is an ongoing process. And the process becomes so beautiful and heady that you don’t care where is the conclusion. Then you don’t have any questions. So if I do all my Sadhana – you’re talking about it like it’s some torturous process – that if I do all this, will all my questions get answered.
See, this happened, Shankaran Pillai… That’s not fair – it’s not always funny; sometimes it’s serious. Shankaran Pillai filed for divorce. In the divorce paper, whatever the form that is filed in the court, he said, “I want separation because of illness and exhaustion.” The judge looked at this and asked, “What is this illness and exhaustion?”
So Shankaran Pillai said, “That’s my lawyer’s job. I only said I’m sick and tired of her.” So questions can be answered in many ways. So as a beginner, if you have questions, because that is how the yearning begins in the form of questions, It’s okay. We are not against questions, but I want you to know, the place from which all these questions are manufactured – that place is incapable of knowing. It’s like this, you know, do you do this (Gestures picking one’s nose)? Don’t do that. No, you must do it somewhere in your bathroom, at least, you must do that. You should not do it everywhere. So you do this why? To clean your nostrils.
So after some time, if you ask, “Can my finger breathe?” It can clean up the passage, but it cannot breathe. So don’t ever believe your intellect will know – it will not know. It asks questions, because it’s like that right now. It’s okay – nothing wrong with it.
“I’m not trying to give answers. I want you to deepen your questions in such a way that truth becomes the only authority in your life.”